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Lenten Exercise for Children

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How's Lent going?

We're coming up to the Fourth Sunday of Lent: Laetare ("Be joyful!") Sunday. Just a bit past the halfway mark in Lent, this rose-colored celebration encourages us to stay faithful to our fasting, almsgiving, and prayer.

Here at the Apostleship of Prayer, of course, our favorite part of that Lenten trifecta is prayer. Our mission is to encourage children to cultivate vibrant, personal prayer lives of their own. The spiritual giant Romano Guardini warned against "empty reciting" in prayer, so the Apostleship of Prayer encourages ways of praying that will grow with young people as they mature.

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One of my favorite resources for children in 3rd through 7th grade is our "3 for 3 Prayer Experiment." It challenges students to observe three deliberate times of prayer each day for three days, and then reflect on the results. Perfect for a middle-of-Lent prayer boost!

Join me at Praying with Grace for the juicy details…

'Surely we are not blind, are we?' Sunday Reflections, 4th Sunday of Lent Year A

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Blind Pensioner with a Stick, Van Gogh, November 1882 [Web Gallery of Art]
Readings (New American Bible: Philippines,USA)                                   Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) Gospel John 9:1-41 [or John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38] (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Canada) [Shorter form of the Gospel: omit what is in square brackets]
As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.
[His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.Wemust work the works of him who sent mewhile it is day; night is coming when no one can work.As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”]
When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes,saying to …